Seattle Mariners All-Star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for steroid use

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Gordon, a former second baseman, will likely see some time at that position to fill in for the suspended Cano.

Major League Baseball announced that Cano, 35, was being suspended 80 games for violating baseball's joint drug agreement.

MLB's drug policy requires an 80-game suspension for a first-time offender.

Cano has released a statement accepting the supension through his Twitter account.

As expected, Cano will be forced to go under the knife to fix the broken bone at the base of his right pinkie finger, an injury he suffered just days before being handed an 80-game suspension for failing a drug test.

Cano is making $24 million this season and is owed $120 million as part of a 10-year, $240 million deal he signed in 2013.

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"He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologised to the fans, the organisation and his teammates". He tested positive not for a traditional performance enhancer, but for Furosemide, a diuretic often used to mask other substances.

"We love Robinson Cano". Due to the suspension, he will be ineligible to play in the postseason if Seattle should make the playoffs.

Cano added that he didn't understand the substance was banned: "For greater than fifteen years, enjoying skilled baseball has been the best honor and privilege of my life".

Cano released a statement soon after the announcement was made about the failed drug test. Cano was close friends with Alex Rodriguez, who was twice caught using steroids with the Yankees.

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins to score Jarrod Dyson in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Seattle. Because Cano dropped his appeal, the 80-game ban will begin immediately, even as he claimed to be an unwitting offender. It used to be that we would find out about players being definitively linked to PEDs well after they allegedly used them and the team had already reaped the benefits.

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